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  Reply # 2081941 31-Aug-2018 15:37
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When I looked at smart lighting a year or two ago, I ended up buying about 20 RGB yeelights for about $8 each. For the price, they've been better than the other options I've tried (wemo, hue) and although some say they were too dim, it worked in my lighting requirements. Coupled them with HomeKit using homebridge with docker on a 24/7 storage server (considering most of my house runs apple stuff) they're automated via sensors and activities, and dimming/colour is done by voice/siri/phone or activity activation.

 

Probably not going to help in your situation, but my 2c


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  Reply # 2081967 31-Aug-2018 16:18
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Can anyone comment on the likely cost of putting smart light switches into a very small townhouse? I'm think it'll have 10 switches at most.

 

It's going to be built next year and I'm trying to get an idea of cost for budgeting purposes. I was thinking maybe $2k for all the switches and whatever hub is needed to tie them together but I know nothing about this type of technology so maybe I'm being a bit naive about the cost.

 

As discussed earlier in this thread I don't want a solution that makes standard light switches redundant (i.e. smart bulbs) because it will confuse guests and probably irritate me as well.


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  Reply # 2082007 31-Aug-2018 18:10
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If it’s zwave it runs 99 to 130 for single or double circuit relays. Plus a controller.

Using the jaycar switch it’d be cheaper. But not sure if you are not stuck in their app. I saw some people on the home assistant forums trying to get it going, but not sure of their success.

Or you could try Xiaomi/sonoff/Shelly




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  Reply # 2086886 10-Sep-2018 13:45
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Quick update, apparently PDL will be adding network connectivity support to their Bluetooth modules and possibly a Zigbee based unit as well.  This will integrate with most things.

 

If this is correct it will be the solution I am looking for, works with existing setup without having to replace the lights.

 

Will hold fire for announcements later this year just in case they don't end up supporting the current BlueTooth modules.




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  Reply # 2086930 10-Sep-2018 14:34
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kryptonjohn:

This:

 

https://www.pdl.co.nz/Home-Owner/Products/Products/Smart-Home/Smart-Home-Solutions/Nero-by-Environexus

 

 

 

 

Maybe, hard to get hard info from the PDL site, certainly looks like it will do the job...

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  Reply # 2086979 10-Sep-2018 14:53
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If there is a currently working lighting system I assume there is no urgency.

 

If you are even a bit "Geeky" I would recommend at least looking into Home Assistant.

 

I have a son and two work colleagues (and myself) in various stages of Home Assistant installations.

 

One is using a Raspberry Pi and three of us using old, cheap, low power "headless" computers hidden away in our garages.

 

The most advanced of us is using HASS to control home security, monitor Zoneminder, set and unset alarms, control lights and sprinklers. He has switched off his Fibaro system now.

 

EDIT: ......and blinds





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  Reply # 2086982 10-Sep-2018 14:57
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robfish:

 

If there is a currently working lighting system I assume there is no urgency.

 

If you are even a bit "Geeky" I would recommend at least looking into Home Assistant.

 

I have a son and two work colleagues (and myself) in various stages of Home Assistant installations.

 

One is using a Raspberry Pi and three of us using old, cheap, low power "headless" computers hidden away in our garages.

 

The most advanced of us is using HASS to control home security, monitor Zoneminder, set and unset alarms, control lights and sprinklers. He has switched off his Fibaro system now.

 

 

Yes no urgency, new build so dull things like curtains etc are more important.

 

Will check that stuff out...


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  Reply # 2086989 10-Sep-2018 15:14
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That PDL nero stuff is just rebadged AeoTec zwave gear and some controller. 

 

They listed the price of a lounge pack for about the $3k mark, that while installation was included, to me (with it's 3 relays, controller and a temp sensor), I worked out should cost abou $1k in parts - given a $500 controller, the rest you were able to compare against active automation/fusion automation (look up the PDL Nero Smart Switch and Temperature sensor against the Aeotec smart switch and MultiSensor).

 

 

 

 





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